Friday, April 27, 2012

25 Things To Do In Your Craft Room On A Rainy Day

Melbourne's recent rainy weather has got me thinking. Surely there are heaps of things to keep us occupied in our craft rooms when it's wet outside. So, on this rainy day, I set about making this list to encourage you to get crafty!

25 Things To Do In Your Craft Room On A Rainy Day:
1. Tidy it! Yes, that's right! Sometimes we don't want to do it, but it has to be done at some point!
2. Re-ink your ink pads. They'll be nice and juicy next time you go to use them!
3. Clean your stamps.
4. Create or update your wishlist. Sit down with your catalogue, and make a list of all those things you want. (Then, leave your list in a very convenient place! ;) )
5. Create a shopping list of your favourite consumables.The things you need all the time - tape, adhesive, stamp cleaner, paper, etc. Having the list handy will help you when you need to re-order.
6. Make an inventory of all the stamps you own. If you have folders, stamp each stamp on some paper and then file away so you know what you have when you want something.
7. Sort out your scrap paper. I can't be the only papercrafter who collects scrap paper! Why not try sorting by colour, or punching a range of shapes so they're ready to go for your next project?
8. Update your ink colour charts. Any gaps can be added to your wishlist!
9. Finish those projects! We all have unfinished projects. Why not make a dent in them on a rainy day? You'll feel good for having finished something and that's sure to brighten your day!
10. Organise your photos. One big task that scrapbookers often dislike. Whether it's printed photos, or digital ones, why not get them organised today, so they'll be ready to go for your next layout.
11. Create something! Doodle on a page, make a paper aeroplane, anything to get creative!
12. Start your Christmas cards. It's never too early!
13. Make a birthday list, divided into months. You can use a box with dividers, a binder, bags, whatever works for you. In each monthly section, make a card for the birthdays in that month. That's it, you're done for the year! Want more? Why not do Mother's Day, Father's Day, Easter and Valentine's Day cards too?
14. Check out blogs or YouTube for inspiration. Have a blog you want to share? Leave a link in the comments below.
15. Make some bookmarks. They're great as gifts, and so easy to make! In fact, you could probably use some of the scrap paper.
16. Colour-code your embellishments.
17. Clean your acrylic blocks and scissors. If you have a dishwasher, you can put them in there, otherwise, what you use to clean your stamps should work.
18. Make your own flowers. So easy with punches or dies. Just assemble, and store, ready for your next project.
19. Find a home for everything. If you need to, make a note of where these new homes are, in case you forget later!
20. Sort your stamps by theme.
21. Update your scrapbooking album.
22. Make a sympathy card. These are always the hardest ones to make. Having some pre-made will come in handy later.
23. Make your own envelopes. A hand-made card in a hand-made envelope? Who could say no to that!
24. Add journaling to your photos so it's ready to go when you create your layout.
25. Make a colour swatch of your cardstock to make it easier to colour match. Those paper scraps could come in handy here as well!

Do you have anything to add to this list? Make a note of it in the comments!


  1. I like journaling and collage, so sometimes I make backgrounds to use later. I've used these backgrounds in cards too, either as a background or to punch out shapes... I just wanted to add that reorganizing helps me remember what I have and to look at materials in a different manner... Thanks for the list, Tanya. Blessings!

    1. Thanks Arnoldo! More great ideas! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

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